The man suspected of murdering a Renton mother and dumping her dismembered body in the Central District has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder.
John Charlton, 37, appeared in King County Court Wednesday morning for his arraignment in the death on Ingrid Lyne, 40, after a judge increased his bail from $2 million to $5 million in the case. Dressed in jail clothes, Charlton did not speak during the short hearing except to acknowledge that he understood the charges. Charlton also pleaded not guilty to a vehicle theft charge.
Charlton is suspected of killing the 40-year-old Swedish Medical Center nurse and mother of three inside her Renton home, stealing her car, and dumping her remains in at least two Central District recycling bins. Lyne was first reported missing on April 8th.
The 1600 block of 21st Ave, where Lyne’s body parts were found, appears to have only been a random stop for Lyne’s suspected killer. Police say the neighborhood bears no other connection to the case.
Officials have not said if they think Charlton used Lyne’s 2015 Toyota Highlander to transport her remains to the Central District, but it appears to be a likely scenario given the prosecutor’s timeline. The car was eventually found in Belltown. The awful evidence of what had happened in the home was discovered when CSI detectives removed plumbing beneath the tub following Charlton’s arrest.
Seattle Police arrested Charlton on April 11th in Lake Stevens for Lyne’s murder after a homeowner near 21st and Pine discovered her body parts in his recycling bin. Charlton was staying with his ex-girlfriend, who said in a recent interview that she was not surprised to learn Charlton had been charged with murder.
Charlton’s next hearing is scheduled for May 11th.